Frank Morgan

Actor
"Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain," exclaimed beloved character actor Frank Morgan during a key moment in "The Wizard of Oz" (1939) and his beautifully conveyed expression of embarrassment and desperation ... Read more »
Born: 06/01/1890 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (53)

Any Number Can Play 1949 (Movie)

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Green Dolphin Street 1947 (Movie)

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The Shop Around the Corner 1939 (Movie)

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Balalaika 1938 (Movie)

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The Wizard of Oz 1938 (Movie)

Guard (Actor)

Dancing Pirate 1935 (Movie)

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The Great Ziegfeld 1935 (Movie)

Billings (Actor)

Naughty Marietta 1934 (Movie)

Governor Gaspard d'Annard (Actor)

The Good Fairy 1934 (Movie)

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Reunion in Vienna 1932 (Movie)

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The Kiss Before the Mirror 1932 (Movie)

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When Ladies Meet 1932 (Movie)

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Laughter 1929 (Movie)

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Best of Enemies (Movie)

William Hartman (Actor)

Broadway Melody of 1940 (Movie)

Bob Casey (Actor)

Broadway Serenade (Movie)

Cornelius Collier, Jr. (Actor)

Casanova Brown (Movie)

Mr. Ferris (Actor)

Courage of Lassie (Movie)

Harry McBain (Actor)

Dimples (Movie)

Prof. Eustace Appleby (Actor)

Escapade (Movie)

Karl (Actor)

Fast and Loose (Movie)

Bronson Lenox (Actor)

Henry Goes Arizona (Movie)

Henry Conroy (Actor)

Honky Tonk (Movie)

Judge Cotton (Actor)

Hullabaloo (Movie)

Frank Merriweather (Actor)

I Live My Life (Movie)

Bentley (Actor)

Keeping Company (Movie)

Harry C. Thomas (Actor)

Key to the City (Movie)

Fire Chief Duggan (Actor)

Lady Luck (Movie)

William Audrey (Actor)

Luxury Liner (Movie)

Alex Stevanson (Actor)

Manhandled (Movie)

Arno Riccardi (Actor)

Mother Carey's Chickens (Movie)

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Port of Seven Seas (Movie)

Panisse (Actor)

Rosalie (Movie)

King Frederic Romanikoff (Actor)

Saratoga (Movie)

Jesse Kiffmeyer (Actor)

Stranger in Town (Movie)

John Josephus Grant (Actor)

Summer Holiday (Movie)

Uncle Sid (Actor)

Sweethearts (Movie)

Felix Lehman (Actor)

The Affairs of Cellini (Movie)

Alessandro, Duke of Florence (Actor)

The Billion Dollar Scandal (Movie)

Masterson (Actor)

The Crowd Roars (Movie)

Brian McCoy (Actor)

The Emperor's Candlesticks (Movie)

Col. Baron Suroff (Actor)

The Ghost Comes Home (Movie)

Vern Adams (Actor)

The Human Comedy (Movie)

Willie Grogan (Actor)

The Knife (Movie)

Roberl Manning (Actor)

The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (Movie)

Lord Francis Kelton (Actor)

The Mortal Storm (Movie)

Professor Victor Roth (Actor)

The Stratton Story (Movie)

Barney Wile (Actor)

The Suspect (Movie)

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The White Cliffs of Dover (Movie)

Hiram Porter Dunn (Actor)

Thousands Cheer (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Tortilla Flat (Movie)

"The Pirate" (Actor)

Trouble for Two (Movie)

Col. Geraldine (Actor)

Yolanda and the Thief (Movie)

Victor Budlow Trout (Actor)

Biography

"Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain," exclaimed beloved character actor Frank Morgan during a key moment in "The Wizard of Oz" (1939) and his beautifully conveyed expression of embarrassment and desperation perfectly exemplified the capacity he displayed in so much of his work. He first established himself on stage, making regular appearances on Broadway in such major productions as "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (1926-27) and "The Band Wagon" (1931-32). Morgan was already featured in movies by that point, but really hit his stride in the 1930s, earning an Academy Award nomination for "The Affairs of Cellini" (1934) and distinguishing himself in notable pictures like "The Good Fairy" (1935) and "The Great Ziegfeld" (1936). His most famous screen credit, however, was the musical/fantasy classic "The Wizard of Oz" (1939), where he was wonderfully memorable in no less than five roles. He displayed excellent dramatic form in "The Shop Around the Corner" (1940) and "The Mortal Storm" (1940), and a second Oscar nomination followed for "Tortilla Flat" (1942). MGM was so pleased with the consistency of Morgan's vibrant and delightful performances that he was with the company from the early 1930s right up until his premature death in 1949. Specializing in characters that were usually a bit befuddled and flustered, but motivated by honorable intentions, Morgan endeared himself to audiences everywhere and remained one of Hollywood's most beloved supporting players long after his passing.

Relationships

Ralph Morgan

Brother

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